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TESOL & Multilingual Education Minor and TEFL Certificate

Department of Education

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Overview of Minor and Certificate

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) & Multilingual Education minor is designed to prepare students to work with children and adults who are learning English as an additional language in the United States. The Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate is primarily designed for undergraduate students and community members who are interested in teaching English while living abroad. Courses in both programs cover topics such as second language acquisition, teaching methods, assessment of language development, linguistics, and the relationship between culture and language. These new programs are the only of their kind offered in the Northland, and what makes them even more unique is the practicum where students can get first-hand experience working with non-native speakers of English and multilingual students.

Both the minor and the certificate program begin with the same sequence of courses: Introduction to Linguistics (LING 1811) followed by Bilingualism & Biliteracy Development: Foundations of Second Language Acquisition (EDUC 3100). After completing the Bilingualism & Biliteracy Development course, students should declare the minor or apply for admission to the certificate program. They do not need to be enrolled in the minor or certificate to take courses within the programs but should be aware of any prerequisites.

TESOL & Multilingual Education Minor

Requirements: total 21 Credits

Required Courses (15 credits)

  • LING 1811 – Introduction to Linguistics [LQR] (3 cr.)
  • EDUC 3100 – Bilingualism & Biliteracy Development: Foundations of Second Language Acquisition (3 cr.; pre-req LING 1811)
  • EDUC 3311 - English Language Learner (ELL) Teaching Methods or EDUC 3211 - Teaching English as a Foreign Language Theory and Methods (3 cr.; pre-req EDUC 3100)
  • EDUC 4099 – TESOL/TEFL Practicum (1 cr.; pre-req EDUC 3211 or EDUC 3311 or concurrent registration and instructor consent)
  • EDUC 3330 – Assessment of Language Development (3 cr.; pre-req EDUC 3100)
  • EDUC 4050 – Language Policy and Education (2 cr.; pre-req EDUC 3100)

Other Electives (minimum of 6 credits)

  • LING 2600 – Language in Society [SOC SCI] (3 cr.)
  • LING 2101 – Phonetics & Phonology [NS] (3 cr.)
  • LING 3103 – Semantics & Pragmatics (3 cr.; pre-req LING 1811)    
  • LING 4104 – Corpus Linguistics (3 cr.; pre-req LING 1811)
  • EDUC 4040 –World Language Teaching Methods (4 cr.; pre-req FR 2301 or GER 2301 or SPAN 2301 or equivalent, admission to EdSe program or instructor consent)
  • CSD 3131 – Language Development (4 cr.; pre-req CSD candidate or instructor consent)
  • COMM 3535 – Intercultural Communication [CDIVERSITY] (4 cr.)

Students pursuing the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate are eligible for the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) & Multilingual Education minor.

For more information see the University Catalog.

TEFL Certificate

Requirements: total 13 Credits

  • LING 1811 – Introduction to Linguistics [LQR] (3 cr.)
  • EDUC 3100 – Bilingualism & Biliteracy Development: Foundations of Second Language Acquisition (3 cr.; pre-req LING 1811)
  • EDUC 3211 –Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Theory and Methods (3 cr.; pre-req EDUC 3100)
  • EDUC 4099 – TESOL/TEFL Practicum (1 cr.; pre-req EDUC 3211 or EDUC 3311 or concurrent registration and instructor consent)
  • EDUC 3330 – Assessment of Language Development (3 cr.; pre-req EDUC 3100)

Students pursuing the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) & Multilingual Education minor are eligible for the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate program.

For more information see the University Catalog. 

Certificate Application and Admission  

Application for Admission Form

  • Apply for admission any semester.
  • Complete the application for admission form before completing the required coursework.
  • No application fee is required for registered UMD students.

 For admission or application questions, contact One Stop at umdhelp@d.umn.edu or 218-726-8000.

Certificate Completion

Completion Form

  • This form is submitted when a student enrolls in the last course of the certificate requirements and is required.
  • Certificate will appear on your transcript.
  • For more information on certificate completion, please see One Stop.

Tuition and Fees

  • This certificate is not eligible for financial aid.
  • Please see One Stop for tuition and fee information.

For more information on Certificate Programs please see One Stop.

 Want to know more?

Program Contact:

Department of Education
412 Library Drive
Duluth, MN 55812

 

Instructor:

Alex Seydow, seydo002@d.umn.edu